I prefer the crossbar, and my truck has a frame. On a light car, I would really want it as it provides lateral strength to the tow bar setup. Since the car you are looking at doesn’t have a frame, I would strongly consider the “monstrosity”. Once removed, base plate won’t look any different than any other manufacturer.
2015 Tiffin Phaeton 40QBH
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Toad
Roadmaster Tow Setup
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I have had the crossbar on all my toads and prefer it. The tow bar arms apply a lateral force on the base plate connections. The crossbar resists the lateral load at the connections and essentially makes a simple truss. Other systems transfer this lateral force farther back and cause a bending moment in the connections. The triangle formed by the crossbar and the tow bar arms is a very stable and rigid element. The looks of the crossbar don't bother me. To an engineer who always walks through buildings looking up, it looks a bit more reliable.
Zeb and Teena
2005 Mandalay, 2013 Ford Edge
Just pulled the trigger on a slightly used 2017 Edge Sport.
I will be calling Roadmaster, NSA, and Blue Ox just to clarify things. And I will watch the youtube videos on installation again to help decide.
Leaning towards the Roadmaster.
In reading at all those links, it kinda chaps my butt that ReadyBrute is never mentioned. I love my towbar and yet all you see is Blue Ox or Roadmaster adapters the opposite or Demco.
I guess ReadyBrute is the Rodney Dangerfield of towbars.
2004 Fleetwood Southwind 32VS W20
ReadyBrute Elite towing a 2017 Ford Edge Sport
Just seems kinda clunky. Why didn't they just use pins in the holes that hook directly to the towbar like other base plates do?
With the Blue Ox system, that cross bar system is built into the baseplate, permanently attached to the toad and hidden behind the fascia of the car, advantage one less part to install or remove when towing, disadvantage a little extra weight, maybe 10lbs, on the front end of the car when not towing.